watch the clock

watch the clock

wait eagerly for the end of working hours.

It is from this expression that the word dock-watcher has developed, referring to someone who is determined not to work more than their allotted hours.

round the clock = around the clock

all day and all night


1992 - Susan Sontag - The Volcano Lover – The mountain was guarded round the clock by a ring of armed soldiers mounted on nervous horses.

turn back the clock

return to the past or to a previous way of doing things.

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